Barney de Krijger (NL, º1943)

A homage to Vilém Flusser
Installation, 2012 – ongoing
Collection of the Verbeke Foundation

Re-sidu-ality is an installation in-progress which Barney de Krijger has been creating since 2012. The installation shows a kaleidoscopic mix of analogue photographic and cinematographic media as mechanical apparatus and has been invented and designed to capture, fix, freeze, and project images. The work is a homage to Vilém Flusser (1920-1991), a Czech-born philosopher, writer and journalist who wrote about the influence of digital evolution in the visual arts.

As a moving spatial collage, Re-sidu-ality refers to time, space, past, present, re-use, decay and disappearance of analogue visual culture. A huge glass cube with a dark folio coating lies at the heart of the installation. The contents of the cube become visible when a sensor detects the presence of the audience and a time switch activates the light. This theatrical play of shadow, light and optical effects is alternated by a continuous change of projected images. Re-sidu-ality also incorporates the former darkroom from the legendary ‘De Dageraad’ printshop of Kees van Dam, where a vast number of underground and anarchistic publications as well as photo books and art catalogues have been printed since the early 1960s. What also forms part of the installation is a photo camera dating back to 1922. Re-sidu-ality undergoes continuous expansion as Barney de Krijger successively constructs and adds more objects to it.

The project has been made possible thanks to Stroom Den Haag, Mondriaan Fonds and Materiaalfonds.